April 23, 2008 03:00 ET

Carpet Tiles From FLOR Are One More Reason to Celebrate on Earth Day

How Can Home Decorating Help the Environment? Reusable, Recyclable, Sustainable and Environmentally-Safe Carpeting Helps to Reduce the Release of Organic Volatile Compounds in the Atmosphere and Landfills

ELMHURST, IL--(Marketwire - April 23, 2008) - April 22nd is Earth Day. Millions will be leaving their cars at home as they ride their bikes or walk to the nearest Earth Day event, of which there are hundreds being held across the planet. This year's theme is A Call for Climate: In fact, it's a call to action for individuals and industry leaders across the globe to do their part in preventing global warming. One company that has already stepped up to the plate is FLOR, retailers of sustainable carpet tiles -- an aesthetic, convenient and environmentally-sound flooring alternative.

According to, "Americans replace their carpets on average every seven years, for reasons other than wear. Yet carpet is given a manufacturer's guarantee of between 10 - 25 years. Consumers are therefore replacing their carpet well before it's use by date, purely because it's faded, discolored, marked and stained or has a dated color. Landfills are the recipient of this premature carpet waste, where it takes 50 years for natural fiber such as wool to break down, and 250,000 years for man-made fiber such as nylon fiber and carpet backing, to breakdown completely. Each year, about 1.5-1.7 millions of tons of carpet waste are disposed of."

How can you help? Home decorating with FLOR carpet tiles may be the answer. FLOR carpet tiles are environmentally-friendly in a number of ways: the carpet is manufactured using low-energy processes; the materials used are largely from recycled or renewable resources; FLOR meets the Carpet and Rug Institute's (CRI) Green Label Plus standards for volatile organic compounds (VOCs); when the carpet is dirty or stained you can quickly and easily clean that single tile; when a tile is worn it can be replaced without having to replace the entire carpet; and when you do want to make a change, FLOR arranges and pays to have your old carpet tiles returned and recycled through FLOR's R&R program (return & recycle) so they don't wind up in landfill sites.

Carpet tiles from FLOR also offer many home decorating advantages -- you can custom-design your own carpeting, whether wall-to-wall or to cover a smaller area rug. reported that a total of 261 million pounds of used carpet was diverted from landfill in 2006, with 240 million pounds recycled. There's a long way to go, but using FLOR carpet tiles for home decorating can make the difference.

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